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2014 in the rear view mirror

As we gear up and prepare ourselves for a year that looks to be as action-packed as 2014, we at Building thought it would be fun to do an ICYMI (in case you missed it) for the most-read news stories we posted in 2014. You may have…

Walk With Joy

ULI Toronto's Executive Director reflects on the positive and negative potentials of land value capture and Tax Increment Financing while walking in New York City.

Walk with Joy

One of the first things I did as Executive Director of the Urban Land Institute (ULI) Toronto was to ask Paul Bedford to join me for a summer beer so I could pick his brain about the emerging development of this city. I was particularly…

From Collection to Connection

Behind the standard economic and business stories in the media lurks a much more fundamental shift in how economies operate. Whether under the rubric of the third industrial revolution or the creative, triple helix or maker economies,…

The Match Game

Earlier this year, a sign appeared on the side of 952 Queen Street West in downtown Toronto—home to the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art (MOCCA) —announcing that an application had been made to develop of a 9-storey, 151-unit…

Public Art & Private Developers

How do you quantify quality of life? Can a spreadsheet measure human amusement, introspection, inspiration? Is a building just a building, or can it be something more? These are the type of questions that arise when you ask a variety…

‘CO’me together

Salutogenesis is a term coined in the 1970s by Aaron Antonovsky, an Israeli professor of medical sociology. A tongue-twister that melds the Latin for “health” (salus) and the Greek for “origin” (genesis), it…

Voices Raze Mistakes

Picture this: it’s 8am on a Wednesday and there is a line waiting for their morning caffeine fix; a man reads the newspaper at a window table; and a trio converse in the corner through the rising steam of their brews. This ordinary…

Rootin’ for the home team

Despite all the economic evidence that suggests major new sports facilities are a bad financial investment, cities in Canada are still building them. To figure out how important large-scale sports facilities can – or cannot – be…

First and Goal

Football is one of the toughest professional sports. Yet as resilient and thick-skinned as they have to be, even these gridiron gladiators require proper facilities in which to wage their pigskin wars. Such is the situation facing the City…